But I Can’t

From the time we are born, the mentality of “I can” is ingrained in our thick skulls.

Parents say, “Oh, yes, you CAN.” (mmmhmmm. I’m one of those.)

Teachers reiterate: “Just try. Then try again.”

Even the childhood story of The Little Engine that Could is a favorite.

“I think I can; I think I can.”

Today my sweet almost three-year-old Tarah says to me:

Mommy, will you open this for me? I can’t.

And God whispered to my heart:

Don’t you love that? Her little request and reliance on you.  You know she can’t open it; she knows she can’t open it.  So she sweetly asks and just as sweetly receives.

Hmmmm. Maybe that’s what He wants from us, His children.

Just that simple admittance:

Father, I can’t. But You CAN; do it through me. Give me the strength only You possess.

Because I can’t.


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  1. Good Morning friend!
    That’s my prayer, surrender. I have tried most of my life Lord, and I can’t. Thanks for sharing sister! Blessings to you today, Amy

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Blessings to you, Friend!

  2. Rachel, I absolutely love this post — so true about learning to truly rely on the Lord. I really was blessed by your words, my friend.

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thanks Girl. The simple things- as you know. God is always teaching me through my children. Blessings to you today!

  3. One of my prayers of late has been to be the teacher He wants me to be. I received some reminders yesterday that I can’t meet this goal on my own, not even to please Him. He’s part of the work.

    What a good reminder this is, I must keep turning to Him during each day.

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Interesting that we can have the largest desire in the world to serve Him but can’t do it on our own. Thanks for your thoughts, Ellen!

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thanks Denise!

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